What Makes a Piece of Jewellery Vintage?

What Makes a Piece of Jewellery Vintage?

As a society, we have always been fascinated by objects that belong to a bygone era. From classic cars to family heirlooms, possessions that tell a story are often more alluring and appealing.

Jewellery is no exception. Aside from the exquisite beauty of old jewellery, there is something magical about owning a piece with a past.

But with so many terms for different kinds of jewellery, it’s easy to get confused! And thanks to the popularity of objects from the past, it’s terms like ‘vintage’ that are often thrown around with casual abandon.

So, to make things easier, we’re going to look at what makes vintage jewellery so special and how you can spot it.

What does the term vintage jewellery mean?

Jewellery that is at least 30 years old is considered vintage; this could be anything made during the 1990s or earlier. The term vintage encompasses a large collection of different periods. From the unique geometric shapes and bold colours of Art-Deco era jewellery to the 1970s heavy yellow gold statement pieces, each jewellery era resulted in prolific designs based on trends and available resources at the time.

Vintage jewellery is great for those wanting to make a unique statement and can be easily incorporated into any outfit. Here at Powells Vintage Jewellery, our team of experts can help you choose the perfect piece for any occasion from across the eras!


With Powells Vintage Jewellery, you can expect quality and craftsmanship. Often handmade, each piece of vintage jewellery is intricately detailed and much more refined than most pieces produced today.

Handmade jewellery is made to last, the overall finish and make-up of the piece are of a very high standard, showing very refined workmanship. The highly skilled jewellers from the past took a lot of time to create the masterpieces you see today.

You can wear your piece of vintage jewellery with peace of mind, knowing that a lot of thought has gone into the design and quality it, and with the right care, it can be cherished for many more years to come.

Designer signed

Our collection of vintage jewellery features a mix of signed and unsigned pieces. The rule of thumb is if a piece is signed somewhere on the actual design then the original designer has signed their name - similar to that of a logo. This doesn’t usually appear in today’s modern jewellery.

Some of the most popular designers you’ll find in our collection include Tiffany, Graff and Cartier. However, it’s important to note that just because a piece isn’t signed this doesn’t indicate higher quality than unsigned pieces - all vintage jewellery is high quality regardless of who designed it! 

Unique and beautiful

When you buy a piece of vintage jewellery it’s unlikely you’ll ever see another exactly like it! Older pieces, in particular, were created with an emphasis on unique design and craftsmanship.

In the past, even prolific designs such as diamond cluster rings often featured unique flourishes such as carved shanks and hand-crafted millegrain work.

Additionally, one of the most beautiful things about vintage jewellery is that it tells a story from another time. And there’s something truly enthralling about wearing a piece of jewellery with a history.

Create your own vintage collection today!

Vintage jewellery is highly collectable! Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, wedding or just fancy treating yourself, each charming piece can highlight these milestones. The best part about curating your own collection is that it will forever hold its value and can be passed down to future generations.

However, if you’ve inherited a piece of jewellery that is not to your taste then we can help transform it into something you’ll love to wear with our expert repair services.

Here at Powells Vintage Jewellery, we have everything from vintage diamond engagement rings to flawless vintage wedding rings that can be cherished forever. Get in touch and let us help you find a unique and special piece today!